The temperatures are steadily climbing and school is close to being out for the summer. It is a perfect time to uncover that backyard pool. However, a perfect summer day can be quickly ruined by pool accidents.
Pool accidents are more common than most people realize. Thousands of people are killed or injured in pool accidents each year throughout the United States. Sadly, many pool accidents can be avoided with a few simple precautions.
Tips for Avoiding Pool Accidents
A homeowner is responsible for taking reasonable precautions to prevent pool accidents; however, you can also take precautions to prevent being injured this summer in a pool accident. Together, pool owners and their guests can enjoy a summer of water activities while avoiding pool accidents.
- Pools should be enclosed on all sides with a self-closing, self-locking fence with vertical bars. To ensure a small child cannot squeeze through the bars, bars should be no more than four inches apart.
- Never leave furniture near a fence that would provide a means for someone to climb over the fence to gain access to the pool area.
- Install a phone by the pool or keep a cordless phone by the pool at all times in case of an emergency.
- Take a CPR and general life saving course with an emphasis on water safety.
- Always have pool safety equipment near the pool including flotation devices, ropes, and a pole.
- Children and any adults who do not know how to swim should wear a personal flotation device at all times when in the pool area.
- Never leave children unattended even if they are not in the water.
- Secure pool covers away from the pool when the pool is in use. When pool covers are used, ensure they are secured properly.
- Never swim during inclement weather.
- Only dive into pools that are six feet deep or more.
- Never run near a pool.
- Never go into the pool alone. Even strong swimmers can have an accident.
- Avoid consuming alcohol in excess. Alcohol and water does not mix.
- Pool toys are not flotation devices. Do not rely on a pool toy to protect a child. Use personal flotation devices such a swim vests.
- Keep toys away from the pool when not in use. Toys can attract children to the pool area.
- Ensure all drains have covers properly installed and secured.
- Install slip resistant strips on steps, stairs, and around the pool.
- Have handrails on all stairs and steps.
- Pools should have warnings and depth markers.
- Pools should have adequate lighting in and around the pool.
By implementing and following safety rules, you can reduce the risk of pool accidents. The goal of having a pool is to enjoy the pool experience with friends and family — not to have a tragic accident that could have been prevented. Unfortunately, some pool accidents will not be avoided. If the accident is the result of another person’s negligence, that person can be held liable for injuries resulting from pool accidents.
What Types of Pool Accidents Are Covered By Indiana’s Personal Injury Laws?
Pool accidents can happen inside the pool and outside of the pool. Pool accidents can occur on private property and public property. Regardless of where the accident happens, if the owner was negligent he or she can be held accountable for any injuries that occur as a result of that negligence. Negligence can take many forms including a broken ladder, hole in the fence, uncovered drain, or overuse of chemicals.
Pool accidents result in a variety of injuries including traumatic brain injury, paralysis, spinal cord injuries, drowning or near drowning, intestinal damage, broken bones, and respiratory injuries. Even a minor injury can result in substantial medical bills, lost wages, and other damages. While no amount of money will undo the damage, it can help remove some of the stress that comes with recovering from a pool accident. It can also help pay for long-term medical care, counseling, and personal care.
Have You Been Injured In A Pool Accident?
Receiving compensation after a pool accident requires a skilled and experienced Bloomington premises liability lawyer. The personal injury attorneys of The Ken Nunn Law Office have a working knowledge of the specific laws related to premises liability and pool accidents.
When you need an attorney to fight for your right to receive a fair and just settlement, call 1-800-CALL-KEN or 1-800-225-5536 for a free legal consultation. You can use our Live Chat on our website 24/7 to reach a representative at a time that fits your schedule.